Status:  fairly common resident

Flights:  1+, Mar-Nov

Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  mostly urban areas throughout

Habitats:  both natural & disturbed, open, sunny, low elev. lawn, garden. field, lot, marsh edge

Host plants:  bermuda grasses, lawn grasses (Poaceae)

Adult foodnectars at lantana, zinnias, marigolds, asters, etc.

Conservation: secure globally


  1.   more abundant in late summer/fall, esp. in gardens

  2.   common lawn skipper

  3.   has “measles:” many black spots on HW below

  4.   variable immigrant to northern 2-brood areas

  5.   Hylephila means “forest-loving,” a misnomer for this denizen of open spaces

  6.   neither sex has translucent hyaline wing spots

  7.   active thruout day, both sexes fly rapidly

  8.   ranges to Argentina and Chile; may have been introduced

  9.   male above fiery orange, irregular dark border; fem. duller, darker


Fiery skipper

Hylephila phyleus

Life history facts

egg:  laid singly under leaves, also on other plants and objects

larva:  eats leaves, rolls and ties them to make shelters which lie horizontally in the sod


adult:  males perch near ground to pursue intruders, wait for receptive fems.; fems. more retiring, in grassy spots nearby; mating occurs late afternoon

Carmel Valley village 8-12-06